„Today, I will try to remember to regret the past. I will think of how many mistakes I have made throughout my life. I will say to myself, "If only I could go back in time and make different choices, so that my life could be the way it should have been."“

—  John S. Hall, Quotes from Daily Negations (2007), Then I will remind myself that I cannot. March 16
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—  John Seigenthaler American journalist, writer, and political figure 1927 - 2014
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